RAGGA

Difficulty

  • tamborim: medium
  • agogo: hard
  • repinique: medium (alternate-version: hard)
  • snare: tricky
  • surdos: medium

About the tune

This tune is in a Tango-like-rhythm which goes along for 8 steps/two bars.

The surdos are the basis, the complete tune is build upon. In five of the six breaks they have a special role; in four of them, they call the call&response-breaks (Break 1, Break 3 and the Kickbacks 1&2) and in the ‘Zoro-Break’ they are the only ones playing, while everyone else just plays along. But also in the groove they have a special position, because they are (except the aggogos) the only instrument, which plays on beat. Everyone else plays offbeat, thereby the whole tune is somehow turned into a call&response.

There’s an alternate version of the repi-groove. It sounds quite nice, but can be very tiring, not only for the repi-players, but also for those who listen. Repi-players should keep that in mind and change between alternate and normal version.

As Hedgehog is also a Tango-like-rhythm, Ragga-Hedgehog combinations use to sound nice.

Breaks

  • The Kickback Breaks are a call & response between surdos and all others. While ‘Kickback 1’ is quite moderate, ‘Kickback 2’ is quite fast. Using them as Intros, to speed up, or to create tension works really good.
  • In the Kickback 2 the agogos have a really hard part (playing sixteenth-notes with only one stick). It should be played accurate and not chaotically. Therefor it might be useful to take turns (one aggogo-player starts while another takes a break and e.g. after eight counts they change). Also, as a maestr@, counting in ‘Kickback 2’ while stopping the aggogos and getting them into the tune just a few bars before the next break (or getting into the tune, or whatever), might be helping – and increases tension and energy.

Notation

Ragga - Sheet

Sounds

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